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Who Should I Draft?

Justin Verlander or Ryan Pressly (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
30 of 43 experts
30%
Recommended by
13 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 33
Best Rank# 10# 20
Worst Rank# 72# 70
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 96# 76
Best Rank# 68# 66
Worst Rank# 111# 101
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts16379
Wins104
Saves031
ERA3.502.99
WHIP1.071.08
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 66
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 29
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 40# 41
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 21# 32
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 23# 35
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 29# 37
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 35# 39
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 14# 33
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 19# 39
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 25# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 33
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 15# 33
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 23# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 32
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 18# 28
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 33
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 19# 21
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 27# 31
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 23# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 20# 31
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 10# 20
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 49# 52
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 47# 70
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 27
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 43
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 30# 47
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 21# 34
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 30# 36
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 10# 27
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 25# 39
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 21# 20
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 23# 20
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 30# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 26
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 35# 30
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 36# 30
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 38# 24
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 39# 28
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 39# 32
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 40# 33
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 41# 38
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 42
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 72# 37
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2021 Stats 
   
   
Games Played64
   
Games Started0
   
Innings Pitched64.1
   
Wins5
   
Losses3
   
Saves26
   
Blown Saves2
   
Holds1
   
Hits Allowed49
   
Earned Runs16
   
Home Runs Allowed4
   
Strikeouts81
   
Walks13
   
ERA2.25
   
WHIP0.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2022 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2464
   
Games Started240
   
Innings Pitched144.963.8
   
Wins104
   
Losses73
   
Saves031
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed11652
   
Earned Runs5621
   
Home Runs Allowed256
   
Strikeouts16379
   
Walks3816
   
ERA3.502.99
   
WHIP1.071.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Justin Verlander
SP - HOU
Justin Verlander
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
News 
 Justin Verlander improved to 5-1 on the season, tossing five scoreless innings against the Nationals.
Kendall Capps
Mon, May 16th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday in a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
Kendall Capps
Sat, May 14th
 Justin Verlander almost tossed the fourth no-hitter of his career Tuesday against the Twins. He entered the 8th inning with the no-no in tact, before Gio Urshela broke it up with one out. He pitched eight solid innings, picking up his fourth win.
Kendall Capps
Wed, May 11th
Ryan Pressly got back on track Saturday, pitching a scoreless 9th to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Kendall Capps
Sun, May 8th
 Justin Verlander was very sharp again Wednesday, beating the Seattle Mariners 7-2. The Astros veteran fired 6 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs. He allowed five hits but did not walk a batter, while striking out three.
Kendall Capps
Thu, May 5th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly was activated earlier Thursday and returned to the mound with a 2-0 lead in the ninth. He proceeded to give up a two-run home run to Jeimer Candelario, blowing his second save of the season. He pitched an inning allowing two earned runs.
Kendall Capps
Fri, May 6th
 Justin Verlander picked up the win Thursday, pitching seven innings, allowing four hits while striking out right and walking zero in a 3-2 Astros victory over the Rangers.
Luke Monaldo
Fri, Apr 29th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly joined his teammates in Houston on Wednesday. All signs point to Pressly being activated as soon as Thursday.
Kendall Capps
Thu, May 5th
 Justin Verlander worked six innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blue jays, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five.
Nate Miller
Fri, Apr 22nd
Houston Astros RP Ryan Pressly threw a live bullpen session on Sunday, and according to manager Dusty Baker the reliever could be activated in a couple days.
Josh Thiessen
Mon, Apr 25th
Notes 
 So far so good for Verlander, who has pitched just six innings over his last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. His spring has gone as expected thus far, and he's on track for the start of the season, though he might miss the first turn as the Astros play it safe. Verlander is now 39 years old and has a ton of miles on his arm, and it's difficult to know exactly how his stuff will play after two years of not pitching competitively. But the bottom line is that the last fantasy managers saw of Verlander, he was as dominant as he has ever been, so there shouldn't be too many doubts about his performance. Given his age and his injury, it's likely the Astros will look to limit Verlander's innings a bit, but so long as he has no setbacks during the spring, draft him with confidence this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Pressly was his usual excellent self in the bullpen last year, pitching to a 2.25 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP with a 32.4% strikeout rate, his fourth straight season with at least a 31% mark. His fantasy value was held in check by his oddly-low save total of 26, but that was hardly his fault. The Astros as a team had only 34 saves total, which was tied with the Blue Jays for the lowest mark by a .500 team or better. Houston averaged 46.5 saves over the team's previous two full seasons, so expect them to approach that mark again and for Pressly's save total to jump by at least five or more. If you can grab a discount based on his low number last year, do so.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros